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Euro and UK 18ft Skiff Grand Prix overall

by Ben Clothier on 5 Oct 2012
2012 European and UK 18ft Skiff Grand Prix and UK National Championships Chris Davison / Ullman Sails UK
European and UK 18ft Skiff Grand Prix and UK National Championships:

And what a day it was. With a building south westerly and a report from PRO Mike Johnson on the race track that it was already blowing 15 to 19 kts. out in the sound, it was an easy decision to opt for the smaller no.2 rigs. Although more stable than the westerly and north westerly direction there was going to be more chop and with a big wind forecast it only means one thing …plenty of swimming.


In the first race of the day both Pica and Magic Marine had the best starts at the committee boat end with the rest of the fleet beneath them, Pica chose to tack first and take a Magic Marine’s transom, the rest of the fleet followed but Pica came back into the windward mark on Starboard forcing Magic Marine to take an early tack below the lay line. Pica could not capitalize on the small lead due to a cautious bear away allowing Magic Marine, Original Chia and Black Dog through to leeward. Queue the middle of the fleet and a 25kt gust. Hyde Sails and Eurolink made clean bear aways.

The first casualty was TC-English Braids who just couldn’t get the boat flat enough to turn the corner. Team Gill went into the back of a wave and kept going under, forcing avoiding action from Team Rutland, who were chasing and to leeward, avoiding a collision but not a swim. LED, and Aftica flowed and somehow finding a passage through upside down boats. Hyde Sails were launching off waves in the gust that had flattened boats at the windward mark. The continued impact of landing off waves was too much for the carbon bowsprit which finally exploded abruptly ending Hyde’s racing. Some quick recovery skills by the crew managed to retrieve the kite without damage and lash the pole for a trip back to the dock without further incident.


By this time the four leading boats had crossed through the gate together gunning down towards the bottom mark. With metres separating the boats it was all about who could hold their nerve. At the leeward mark Pica went for a late drop coming in on a starboard gybe in front of Black Dog who had dropped their kite already. Pica had too much on and capsized at the mark letting the other three boats through. It was experience that was showing in keeping the boat upright in the breeze. Black Dog, with Grant Rollerson on the helm, standing in for Jarrod Simpson, held the lead for the three laps of full on conditions and took line honours followed by other big breeze veterans on board Magic Marine and Original Chia. Pica finished fourth. A crucial result for regatta leaders Magic Marine (Eike Dietrich, Finn Mrugalla, Jan Peckolt), taking the pressure off a little from Pica’s bid for supremacy. In the conditions anything could happen and the regatta was by no means over.

The next start was similar with Pica taking again the transom of Magic Marine to be the first to the starboard lay line, coming in first to the windward mark but this time sailed into a convincing lead away from Magic Marine who were heavily involved in a close race with the Black Dog and Original Chia. TC English Braids were having a battle with Eurolink finally moving into fifth place leaving Eurolink and Aftica in sixth and seventh respectively.

With a decimated fleet and only five starters the battle was still on between Pica and Magic Marine to conclude the regatta in these awesome conditions. Despite the late charge and with four points adrift, Pica was running out of time to take the regatta from Magic Marine. It was Original Chia and again Pica who controlled from the Committee boat end, Pica first at the windward and kept control of the race with close tacks upwind with Magic who eventually capsized allowing the black dog. But with Original Chia and TC-English Braid throwing in the towel Eike Dietrich, Finn Mrugalla and Jan Peckolt's job was done as Team Magic Marine won the last event in the European Tour.


Stewart Mears, Tristan Hutt and Jamie Mears of team Pica came a close second, and had to be satisfied with winning the UK National Championships and UK Grand Prix. Jack Bouttell, Adam Minter, Jarrod Simpson on Black Dog came a very respectable third in the Event. Sam Caslin, Mike Banks and Jack Grogan of Hyde Sails in fifth had done enough to win the European Grand Prix overall all. Best newcomer of the UK 18ft skiff season was awarded to Dave Jobson who teamed up with Neil Harrison and James Hemmingway to pull off a great performance with one of the oldest boats and pin head rig. Furthest travelled for the event was awarded to the Eurolink team (Tom Eggersdorfer, Latzi Meissner, Friedl Renner) from Munich.

The final weekend in the UK Skiff calendar not only had enjoyed the biggest turnout and conditions for 18ft skiff racing on British water in recent years but also involved some of the closest racing throughout the fleet. This intensive season of 18 sailing has been fantastic preparation for four UK teams making pilgrimage to Sydney for the JJ Giltinan. It will be very interesting to see how they fair down under.









Overall Position

Sail Num

Team

Hungary GP

Eur.Champ

Dutch GP

Germany GP

UK GP

Overall

Rank

Pts

Rank

Pts

Rank

Pts

Rank

Pts

Rank

Pts

Total

1

GBR 26

Hyde Sails

1

15

10

9

1

14

2

14

5

8

60

3

GER 33

Magic Marine

6

5

9

10

4

6

3

11

1

17

49

2

GBR 92

Pica

2

12

1

23

 

0

 

0

2

14

49

4

GER 13

EuroLink

5

6

6

13

2

11

4

9

6

7

46

5

DEN 1

Original Chia

 

0

5

14

 

0

1

17

4

9

40

6

GBR 47

The Black Dog

4

7

4

15

 

0

 

0

3

11

33

7

HUN 18

Liberty Sailing Team

3

9

7

12

 

0

12

1

 

0

22

8

GER 5

Kaltenberger Ritter

 

0

12

7

3

8

7

6

 

0

21

9

GBR 11

Gill

 

0

15

4

6

4

6

7

9

4

19

10

GBR 30

Young&Reckless

9

2

14

5

5

5

10

3

10

3

18

11

GER 6

Remember the Days

 

0

11

8

 

0

5

8

 

0

16

12

GBR 43

Low Energy Design

8

3

16

3

 

0

 

0

7

6

12

13

GBR 40

TC English Braids

 

0

13

6

 

0

 

0

8

5

11

14

GBR 12

Ronstan

 

0

8

11

 

0

 

0

 

0

11

15

GER 66

Gleitzeit

 

0

 

0

 

0

8

5

 

0

5

16

NED 35

Pandion

 

0

17

2

8

2

 

0

 

0

4

17

GER 3

AlbaMarine

7

4

 

0

 

0

 

0

 

0

 
 

Overall UK Grand Prix Series Results

Rank

Boat

SailNo

Club

Helm

Crew

R1

R2

R3

R4

Total

1st

Pica

GBR92

Stone SC

Jamie Mears

Stewart Mears / Tristan Hutt

1

1

1

1

4

2nd

Hyde Sails

GBR26

West Mersea YC

Jack Grogan

Mike Banks / Sam Caslin

2

8

2

2

14

3rd

LED

GBR43

Hayling Island SC

Steve McLean

Nick Pratt / Nick Murray

3

5

4<

   

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